Lauren Wilford

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About Lauren Wilford

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    I like liking things.
  • Birthday 12/30/1990

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    Dr. Amelia Brand, INTERSTELLAR
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    Upstream Color, Almost Famous, A Serious Man, Her, Groundhog Day

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  1. Also, I'll be happy to do a blurb for the list.
  2. I'm going to second Alissa's nomination from way back when: The Wolfpack. I just caught it on Netflix, and it's such a fascinating portrait of an overprotective parenting style and what it does to children. The way that all the kids latch onto the movies that they watch seemed like such a powerful metaphor for the way that the stories we're told in childhood stick with us. A kind of real life, less bleak, more redemptive Dogtooth. I see it being a good Christian humanist film in the way it moves toward affirming that the world is a good place in which we belong, rather than something from which we have to hide-- a temptation for many Christian parents.
  3. I also just finished A Pigeon Sat on Branch Reflecting on Existence, and wow. What a singular experience. Reminded me of last year's The Strange Little Cat in terms of the meticulous compositions, long takes, silences, and dwelling in life's fanciful, bizarre moments. I'm somewhat hesitant to nominate since it's kind of prickly and arty, but it does touch on loneliness, cruelty, and kindness. I wouldn't recommend it for a Christian audience specifically, so I guess maybe I'm not nominating it, but do everyone give it a watch-- thanks for the screener, Colin!
  4. I'd like to second Experimenter. An interesting self-aware approach to the biopic and loads to think about ethically. Obedience is a thorny topic for Christians, as we consider it a virtue, and the abuses of authority are always an important issue for Christians to contend with. Going Clear deals with a lot of the same stuff, but the artistry of Experimenter puts it ahead of that one for me. It also goes on from that to contend with issues of calling and personal worth.
  5. Indiewire's got lots of critics on things they think people should catch up with before the end of the year. Could be useful. http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/criticwire-survey-the-2015-movies-you-have-to-catch-up-on-20151113
  6. I don't remember much conversation about SotS last year, but if it was considered for such lists in 2014 then perhaps I should rethink it. It received a release that included Seattle in the spring, but I'm willing to concede on it if more people think of it as a 2014 thing.
  7. I think that films that got a wide/limited US release in 2014 should probably not be eligible, and that would include Gareth's suggestions there. I think the conversation needs to move forward from those, or the list might end up looking confused.
  8. Nominate: ROOM
  9. Hi jurors! Happy to be here, though I'll definitely need to be doing a lot of catching up the next couple of months. Nomination: Song of the Sea (not sure if the release date works out. Technically 2014 but didn't get a limited US release till 2015, I think). Seconds: The End of the Tour Far From the Madding Crowd (I gather that you don't second things that have already been seconded?)
  10. Hey A&F'ers-- if you're interested in chatting during the show, unfortunately, you can't do it here this year-- something about our boards needing updating. BUT, we have a solution. You can join the chat at this link. Once you get there, you'll need to enter a username, and then pick a color you'd like your name to appear as. Then, once you click "Enter Room," it will take you to a room where you can post messages. But what you really want is to be a part of the chat-- so click "Join Chat" at the bottom of that room! Then you're there. I, your intern, will be available for any technical problems/questions, so just PM me if you have those.
  11. Hey A&F'ers-- if you're interested in chatting during the show, unfortunately, you can't do it here this year-- something about our boards needing updating. BUT, we have a solution. You can join the chat at this link. Once you get there, you'll need to enter a username, and then pick a color you'd like your name to appear as. Then, once you click "Enter Room," it will take you to a room where you can post messages. But what you really want is to be a part of the chat-- so click "Join Chat" at the bottom of that room! Then you're there. I, your intern, will be available for any technical problems/questions, so just PM me if you have those.
  12. Rosie is fantastic, and an absolute DOLL in concert. She always makes me cry happy tears. Glad to hear the new album is as good and sweet as I hoped. I'll have to get it.
  13. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RebelliousPrincess Hope that the theme will be further explored than it looks like from here. The whole "Oh I'm independent marriage is for wimps!" thing is kind of an easy way to get modern audiences to sympathize with a lead female from a former time... like what they did with Alice's character in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Anyway, I have high hopes still, but they had better do something new with the rebellious princess trope. I like that she seems to have this cute rapport with her Dad.
  14. The "WE ARE GOTHAM" chanting that rises over the end is chilling, and actually a bookend to the national anthem at the beginning-- political indeed, and sure to be an interesting installment in Nolan's exploration of groupthink and mobs. The character of crowds is something that comes up time and again in superhero movies, but especially in Nolan's Gotham. I'm convinced the "people of Gotham" are a complex stand-in for a compromised, fallen, redeemable humanity, and whatever influence OWS may have on Dark Knight Rises, I highly doubt Nolan will use the film as a platform for a unilateral class-related message. It's Selena Kyle that has the message about wondering how you could "live so large and leave so little for the rest of us," and the imagery of Bane as revolutionary, the prison break-- it seems like the mob might fall into the temptation to violence to free themselves. Nolan always puts some good ideas in the mouths of his villains, and some bad ones in his heroes. I think Bruce Wayne will finally be taken to task for his excess, but of course that's all double-edged, because Wayne is a martyr for Batman. Anyway, while I look forward to Nolan's exploring the national unrest, I really doubt he's going to come down too hard anywhere-- he's too caught up in people's mixed motives.
  15. I can't imagine it will add much. I expect it will probably add depth to the party scenes, make it seem like there's a lot going on, a lot of dancing and costumes to wade through to get to the people we care about. I can see the value visually when thinking of that, of the mansions and stuff-- Hugo convinced me that 3-D can draw an audience in, not distance them. But I can't imagine any really personal drama/arguments with the added device, unless Luhrman is really judicious with it.